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‘Bato’s’ Christmas message: We prevailed despite struggles

  • Written by Alfred P. Dalizon
  • Published in Nation
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PHILIPPINE National Police chief, Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ M. dela Rosa, yesterday called on the 160,000-strong police force to remain steadfast in their sworn duty to ‘serve and protect’ and continue performing their job with aplomb despite the challenges they are facing particularly when it comes to the campaign against illegal drug trafficking and abuse.

In his Christmas message to PNP officers and men and their families, the PNP chief said they need all the prayers and support they can get from the Filipino people as they continue their unrelenting war versus drugs next year despite the brickbats they are getting from some quarters crying over alleged human rights abuses being committed by the police as they go after drug personalities.
“Malugod kong binabati ang lahat ng miyembro ng Pambansang Pulisya ng Maligayang Pasko at Manigong Bagong Taon! Panahong muli upang balikan natin ang mga biyayang ipinagkaloob sa atin ng mahal na Panginoon sa mga nakaraang taon at magpasalamat tayo sa Kanya. Panahon na naman upang balikan natin ang mga pinagdaanan nating hirap, hamon at ginhawa at magpasalamat muli. At panahon na naman upang pairalin ang tunay na pagbibigayan at pagmamahalan, at magpasalamat sa Poong Maykapal sa biyaya ng buhay na patuloy Niyang ipinagkakaloob sa atin,” Gen. Dela Rosa said.
“Ngayong Kapaskuhan, ipagdiwang natin ang kapanganakan ng mahal na Hesukristo at ating ipagbunyi ang Kanyang kadakilaan, kabutihan at lubos na pagmamahal sa sanlibutan. Ialay natin sa Kanya ang lahat ng mga tagumpay natin at muling isapuso at isabuhay ang Kanyang mga gintong aral,” he added.
“With the relentless campaign we have waged against illegal drugs across the nation, the past five and a half months have indeed been full of challenges and difficulties. We were alarmed by the magnitude of the illegal drug menace. We were bombarded with criticisms from various fronts. We lost some of our men in police operations. We endured the seemingly endless Senate and Congress hearings. And we had our hands full in maintaining peace and order, implementing reforms in the PNP, and performing other police functions.
“Amidst all these, however, we achieved victories along the way. We had our disappointments, too, and suffered defeats. But what matters most is that we prevailed in the face of the struggles we went through. And I believe we did so because we believed in the goodness of the Lord and took Him in our hearts to guide our every move.
“Alam ko na dahil sa pananampalataya at tiwala natin sa Panginoong Hesu Kristo, nagtamo pa rin tayo ng maraming tagumpay sa gitna ng mga hirap na ating pinagdaanan nitong nakaraang limang buwan. Sa pagpasok ng bagong kabanata ng pagbabago sa ating bansa na dala ng bagong administrasyon, nagkaroon din ng bagong sigla ang ating panalangin at tiwala sa Panginoon.
“This Christmas, let us unite in faith as we continue with our struggles against crime, illegal drugs and corruption. Let us strengthen the ties that bind every member of our organization so that we can be a more formidable force in the continuing campaign for peace and security in the country. Samahan natin ang ating mahal na Pangulo at mga kababayan sa pagtahak sa panibagong daan at pagbukas ng panibagong yugto sa kasaysayan ng ating bayan.
“At habang ang lahat ng ito ay ating ginagawa, huwag nating kalimutang bigyan ng panibago ring sigla ang samahan at pagmamahalan sa ating mga pamilya. Kung hindi natin nabigyan ng sapat na pansin ang ating mga magulang nitong mga nakaraang panahon, lumapit tayo sa kanila ngayong Kapaskuhan upang iparamdam ang ating pag-aaruga at pagmamahal. Marahil ay ’yan ang pinakamakabuluhang regalong maihahandog natin sa kanila. Kung hindi natin naasikaso ang ating mga anak dahil sa dami ng ating trabaho, panahon na upang bigyan silang muli ng tamang atensyon at gabay. Marahil ay ’yan din lang ang kailangan upang ilayo sila sa kapahamakan, lalo na sa masasamang bisyo gaya ng iligal na droga.
“This Christmas, let us give more meaning and significance to the birth of Jesus Christ by offering our work, our sacrifices and triumphs for His greater glory. And as we welcome another year, let us together pray for more strength to carry on with our work, to courageously face the challenges that will come our way, and to finally provide for our beloved countrymen an environment that is peaceful and safe, where they can go about their lives without the fear of crime or violence in their hearts.
“Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone!”
The PNP chief also called on the entire citizenry to help them ensure a trouble-free New Year celebration. He assured that while the whole country is enjoying the Yuletide holidays, there will be no interruption of police service across the country with a united police on its toes to keep peace and order and ensure that Filipinos would be protected from harm while on the streets and at the confines of their residences.
The PNP chief urged the citizenry to immediately report persons firing their guns indiscriminately thru PNP Hotline 09178475757 (for text message) or at PNP twitter account @PNPhotline (for social media reports).
For his part, National Capital Region Police Office chief, Director Oscar D. Albayalde said the NCRPO can be also be contacted through the following hotlines and contacts: NCRPO 838-3203, text hotlines: 0917-708-1135 or 0917-856-1040, Northern Police District 285-2396 / 285-2838, text hotline: 0917-847-5757, 0905 - 454 – 2547, 0916-558-2419, Eastern Police District 641-0171/641-0877, text hotlines: 0915-888-8181/0999-901-8181/ 0917 – 728 – 3790, Manila Police District 523-1367 / 523-3378 text hotlines: 0919 – 995 – 0976 / 0917 – 899 – 2092, Southern Police District 519-5525 / 519-8644 text hotline: 0908 – 377 – 0025,  and Quezon City Police District at 925-8417/ 0917 – 840– 3925.
Information can also be relayed thru text hotline 0995-645-1999/ 0919-496-7833 or through social media: Twitter@ncrporeact or facebook page @ NCRPOReact.